We are 1.3 million strong.
We are all walks of life, all kinds of experiences.
We are the NHS.
The NHS is an extraordinary, world-class service. It is made up of people in many different roles, in different settings, employed in different ways, by a wide range of organisations. Many people providing NHS services work for NHS trusts. But others are employed by community interest and other companies or partnerships – for example, in primary care across GP practices, dental surgeries, pharmacies and optometrists.
The NHS also works closely with partners in social care and local government, as well as with the voluntary and independent sectors. We benefit from the contribution of those in unpaid roles too – particularly, carers and volunteers.
We are the NHS: People Plan 2020/21 – action for us all, along with Our People Promise, sets out what our NHS people can expect from their leaders and from each other. It focuses on how we must all continue to look after each other and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, as well as take action to grow our workforce, train our people, and work together differently to deliver patient care.
NHS in the South West
Across the South West, there are thousands of people working in the NHS who care with skill, compassion and dedication.
Here are just some of their stories.